The departure of Lewis Grabban to Cardiff, sorry Norwich, they probably offered more money (we’re not bitter any more) left a big void in the Cherries attack. Lewis Grabban had scored a large chunk of the Cherries goals getting 22 in 44 appearances.
On the plus side we got an alleged £3m for a striker we paid a tenth of that for. The only issue we had was his departure and how quick he was to move, but that’s his choice.
His career at Norwich faltered very briefly before he showed how good he can be at Championship level. We remember the BetFred graphic suggesting Lewis Grabban to score next was something like 44,556/1. However, since then has has gone one to score 4 goals in 4 appearances and to really win over the sceptics he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over local rivals Ipswich.
Replacing Grabban was always going to be a difficult task, but Eddie Howe was on the case. In came Callum Wilson, a 22-year old who scored 22 goals in the League One. An almost like for like replacement, but the problem was Wilson had no Championship experience. Would he fill the void left by Grabban. The answer so far has to be yes, he has 3 League goals in 4 appearances plus a goal in the Capital One cup – 4 goals in 5 appearances. What was Grabban doing at this stage last season?
There is no doubt that Wilson is a goal-scoring talent and a much better player than Grabban at 22. However, he still has to learn how to deal with Championship defenders. In one way the Cherries have taken a step back in the striker stakes but in the long run we will have a much better prospect who will shoot us to the Premiership. It may take us a little longer than expected but the path to the Premiership is still on.
The question is who will come out on top today. Will the more experienced Grabban (playing at home) continue his goal-scoring streak or will the new AFC Bournemouth upstart show his class with a winner?
We know which way we want the result to go, but whatever the outcome, we would like to thank Lewis Grabban and Norwich for the £3m. We have spent it wisely.